Many Americans agree that our criminal justice system needs thorough reform—but how can public sentiment lead to effective systemic changes? This dynamic debate moderated by Andrea J. Ritchie will feature seven of PEN America’s brilliant Writing For Justice Fellows: Reginald Dwayne Betts, Nadja Eisenberg-Guyot, Keeonna Harris, Priscilla Ocen, David Sanchez, Beth Shelburne, and David Heska Wanbli Weiden, as well as experts in New York City-based reform efforts: Kandra Clark, Mika’il DeVeaux, Lorenzo Jones, Fred Patrick, Marlon Peterson, and Bianca Tylek.
The conversation will use artist Lois Weaver’s experimental “Long Table” model, which fosters dialog about difficult subjects by combining the comfortable informality of a private dinner party setting with the urgency of public debate. Bring your questions, comments, and opinions, and help discuss this defining issue of our time.
This debate is being hosted by PEN America World Voices Festival. Open to the public.